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Issa slams Obama's 'press release' immigration policy

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Some 33 House Republicans, led by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, Wednesday slammed President Obama's "press-release" immigration policies for luring tens of thousands of illegals into the U.S. with false hopes of freedom.

“The perception of eventual legal status has been generated through your administrative action,” the 33 said in a letter to the White House. “To counter these perceptions, you must take concrete action beyond editorials and press releases -- you must end the failed policies that stimulated this unmanageable situation.”

With border state residents and legal immigrants growing angry with the administration's easy entry policies amid the crisis of youths streaming into the country from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the GOP also demanded that the president publicly state that he will deport the new arrivals.

“You must make an explicit public commitment that you will not support legislation that extends legal status to newly arriving illegal aliens no matter the age,” they wrote.

And they want Obama to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program the president created without congressional approval to give young immigrants who arrived here prior to 2007 safe haven with their relatives, even their illegal parents.

“We call on you to immediately end the failed policies that encourage young individuals to put themselves in peril, leave their home countries, and make a long and dangerous journey to enter our country illegally. Instead, you must work with Congress to expeditiously end this unsustainable course,” they wrote.

There appears no easy solution to the issue since Congress is angry with the president over immigration and the president this week barked at the House for not approving the Democratic Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.